Robert Lenard Mocan

Robert Lenard Mocan

April 7, 1953 – May 1, 2024

Robert Mocan passed away on May 1, 2024, at Quyanna Care Center, in Nome, Alaska.
He was born in Juneau, Alaska on April 7, 1953, to Marie Tate and Robert Heagle. Later, he and his brother Ray were adopted by Frances and Marvin Mocan.
Bob grew up in Anchorage, but later the Mocan family moved to Washington state, where he and Ray completed their high school education.  Following graduation, Bob joined the U.S. Navy, serving as a Navigator on submarines. After an honorable discharge, he resided in Nome for several years, during which time his daughter Jennifer was born.
In 1974, Bob raced and won the Nome Golovin race.  Bob then relocated to Anchorage, where he worked on the North Slope during the construction of the Alaska Pipeline. His career path took him to various locations including Washington and Oregon before returning to Nome in 1997.
In Nome, Bob worked alongside his birth mother Marie, and her husband Chuck Reader in building a house for them.
He worked at Norton Sound Health Corporation in Maintenance and then Bering Straits Housing Authority as the CEO. It was in Nome that he met his beloved wife Virginia “Ginny” Krier, whom he married on his birthday in 1998. Bob embraced Ginny’s children as his own, cherishing his role as father and grandfather. He found joy in family gatherings, hunting, fishing, and exploring the Nome roads. Bob was an active member of the ANB club and valued his relationships with friends and relatives across Washington and Alaska. Despite facing health challenges upon moving to Anchorage in 2013, Bob appreciated the quality of care that extended his years of life. In his final days, he chose to return to Nome for comfort and care at QCC.
Bob is survived by his wife Ginny Mocan; daughters Jeannifer Earnshaw, Alyssa Daugherty, Thresia Mouritson and Caitlin Mocan; his sister Babe Tate Stavish and husband Bruce; niece Dolly Horton Bowerman; his uncles Robert Mocan and  Glenn Tate; his aunt Berda Wilson; sons-in-law Levi Daugherty, M.D. and Landon Mouritson, M.D.; Ginny’s sons Ashtin Burton and James Messer and wife Deanna, numerous grandchildren, nieces, nephews, in-laws, and dear friends.
Bob was preceded in death by his adoptive parents Frances and Marvin Mocan, his birth mother Marie Tate Reader and her husband Charles Reader, his brother Ray Mocan and many cherished friends.
At Bob’s request, no funeral service will be held. Bob will be cremated, and his ashes will find their resting place in a location of significance to him.


The Nome Nugget

PO Box 610
Nome, Alaska 99762

Phone: (907) 443-5235
Fax: (907) 443-5112

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